Provost Academy Georgia has opened the first Magic Johnson Bridgescape Learning Center in Atlanta. The center is home to a program designed to assist high school aged youth who either have dropped out or are at risk to leave Georgia’s school system.
Prospective students who enroll in the center will receive one-on-one discussion, and participate in small groups with other students.
“Our goal is to ensure that no student in Georgia falls through the cracks,” Earvin “Magic” Johnson said of the Bridgescape program. “All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”
The center was originally scheduled for a 2011 opening, but funding issues for state charter schools in Georgia created delays. A recent decision from the Georgia General Assembly opened up new funding for the program to move forward. J
eff Wahl, President and CEO of EdisonLearning, the organization working with Johnson, attributed the funding to the passing of House Bill 797 last month.
“Thanks to the visionary leadership of Governor Deal, the Georgia General Assembly, and the Georgia Department of Education, high school students in the state will be offered an individualized learning experience from both Provost Academy and the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Centers,” he said.
According to Wahl, the organization hopes to “combine a rigorous curriculum with a personal high-touch approach to help students achieve their goals.”
Located at 100 Edgewood Avenue NE in Atlanta, the Provost Academy will be free for Georgia residents. The academy will utilize computer programs to help students work towards their high school diplomas. Through the computer programs, parents will be able to monitor their child’s progress through the program. Students ages 14-20 are now being accepted into the program, with opportunities for online school being offered in the future.